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William Jessup theater preparing 'Scrooge' musical

By: Staff Report
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SCROOGE: THE MUSICAL

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 10, 11, 17, 18; 3 p.m. Nov. 12, 19

Where: William Jessup University Academic Warehouse, 2121 University Ave., Rocklin

Tickets: $20 general admission, $10 kids/students at jessup.edu/scrooge

William Jessup University’s theater department is preparing six performances of “Scrooge: The Musical” for two weekends in November, starting Nov. 10 and concluding Nov. 19, according to a news release from the school.

Friday and Saturday show times begin in the Academic Warehouse at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees are slated for 3 p.m.

Assembled by the growing university’s Elly Award-winning design and production team and an array of cast members, the musical retells Charles Dickens’ classic novel about a bitter old miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Ticket holders are encouraged to come an hour before show time to experience a Dickens Village come to life, do some Christmas shopping, listen to carolers, interact with Dickens characters, and sample food and hot chocolate at no additional charge.

“This preshow will be a fully immersive experience rich with the spirit of the holiday and goodwill,” director Jennifer Martin said. “This is a perfect event to establish or continue a holiday tradition with friends and family.”

During the iconic Christmas Carol production, character Jacob Marley says, “Mankind should be our business but we seldom attend to it.” In keeping with this sentiment, Jessup Theatre is encouraging attendees to purchase a ticket and “pay it forward” to someone who can’t afford one.

Anyone interested can email jmartin@jessup.edu to find out if any “pay it forward” tickets are available on any given night.

On Nov. 17, the university will host a “talk back” with the cast and production team, geared for high school and college students interested in what goes on behind the scenes.

The performance slated for Nov. 18 will be a sign-interpreted performance with a reserved section for deaf audience members.

“This is really a passion project we have had for the past 15 years,” Martin said. “The design is incredible, and this show will deliver ‘A Christmas Carol’ re-imagined through a soft lens of Victorian Gothic sensibilities. I tell people if they like Disney’s Haunted Mansion, they will love our production of ‘Scrooge!’”